Returning Home has been open for one week, but executive director Nick Robbins says the re-entry center has seen parolees walk through it’s doors every day.
“All I ask ’em is ‘Have you ever been locked up before?’ They say, ‘yeah!’ ‘Okay, you’re in,” said Robbins.
Right now, returning home provides support from the moment ex-cons walk through the door. Executive director says these aren’t hand outs.
“I’m not gonna give anybody a job, I”m going to give them an outfit through the men’s career closet to be dressed, work on your resume so you’re prepared,” said Robbins.
The facility caused some controversy earlier this year when neighbors around the facility received a note about the company coming to Springdale. Robbins wants people to know the 70 ex-offenders released to NWA will have a place to go, rather than the alternative.
“The idea is they can parole next to you in their mom’s house in the same neighborhood they’ve struggled with around the same people they struggled with, around the same neighbors that don’t want them to be there or they could come here,” said Rollins.
Returning Home hopes to have rooms just like this filled with bunk beds to serve 50 to 70 men for its residential program.
The part of the home won’t be available for about 6 months, but Robbins hopes people see the work the organization is doing now for those getting out from behind bars.
“We’re that solution so unless we’re here, the cycles going to continue,” said Robbins.